Freedom Shropshire Newsletter, Edition 13, July 2015

Freedom Shropshire Newsletter, Edition 13, July 2015

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Jo Berry
Freedom Shropshire Team

‘Stalker apps’ and GPS allow domestic violence abusers to discover hidden refuges

A tracking device was hidden in a child's toy

In Australia, refuges that house victims of domestic violence are increasingly being discovered by perpetrators who are using ‘Stalker Apps’ and GPS locators which have been hidden in their victim’s phones, cars and even in one case, a child’s stuffed toy.

Support workers say victims now face the grim realisation they may always have to look over their shoulders thanks to the array of tracking technology that is cheaply and easily available.

For more on this article and to hear from the women who  have experienced this type of stalking click link below:


Freedom Shropshire Team


‘Vets could help tackle domestic violence’ says RSPCA

The RSPCA feel that vets could help to tackle domestic violence because it is well documented that perpetrators of family violence will threaten to harm or will actually harm family pets and other animals as a way of controlling victims and their children.

Victims of domestic violence often stay at home because of threats to family pets so the RSPCA is calling for the government to provide shelter for animals too and for vets to be required to report signs of abuse.

Victims of domestic violence often stay at home because of threats to family pets so the RSPCA is calling the government to provide shelter for animals too and for vets to be required to report signs of abuse.

For the full story, visit the link below:


Freedom Shropshire Team



Record number of prosecutions for violence against women

A record number of people have been prosecuted for offences categorised as "violence against women and girls", figures for England and Wales show.

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) report showed more than 107,000 such prosecutions in the year to April, up 16,000 (18%) on the previous year.

The figures are for crimes "primarily" against women, but male victims are also included. The statistics include cases of rape, domestic violence and "honour" crime.

In the report, prosecutors said a common theme was the use of the internet to contact potential victims and post indecent images and messages.

For more on this story visit the BBC website, click below link:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Job Opportunity – Victim Service Delivery Manager – Shrewsbury




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Job Title: Victim Service Delivery Manager, based Shrewsbury
Hours of work: 22.5 hours per week
Salary: £11,400 (FTE £19,000) per annum + 3 % pay award on successful completion of 6 month probationary period.
Service Area / Function: Victims Services
Job Location: To be advised
Reporting to: Senior Victims Services Delivery manager
Responsible for: Victims Services Delivery Assistants 1-2 FTEs
Volunteers (20 – 40)

Purpose of the job
To provide an effective and high quality service supporting victims of crime within a designated area. Ensuring that volunteering is at the heart of service delivery by managing, supporting and recruiting volunteers who will support victims of crime, ensuring service delivery and performance standards are maintained at all times.

The closing date for this post is 5pm on Friday 10th  July 2015. 

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SDM – Application form

SDM Application Letter

Victim Service Delivery Manager Job Description

Guidance notes for applicants

Jo Berry

Freedom Shropshire Team

Victims’ Commissioner Review of Victim Personal Statements: Victim on Line Survey

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Newlove, who was appointed in March 2013, is inviting victims to complete a survey about their experiences or views relating to Victim Personal Statements (VPS).

The role of the Victims’ Commissioner is to promote the interests of victims and witnesses; encourage good practice in the treatment of victims and witnesses; and keep under review the operation of the Code of Practice for Victims. This survey will be part of the Victims’ Commissioner’s second review which aims to develop a better understanding of victim personal statement processes and what agencies could do better to facilitate their use constructively.

If you would like to share your views and complete the 10 minute survey, then visit the Victims’ Commissioner’s website:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Public inquiry into police and state agency response to domestic violence

The national domestic violence charity Refuge, together with families of women killed by current and former partners, are calling on the Government to open a public inquiry to investigate why victims of domestic violence are still not getting the protection they deserve from the police and other state agencies.

Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Each death leaves behind devastated relatives and friends. Domestic violence is a national problem; it requires a national response.

For the full story:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Never Alone – Rosie Batty launches domestic violence campaign on son Luke’s birthday

Rosie Batty launched a domestic violence campaign on her son Luke’s birthday. The campaign has been launched to tell victims of domestic violence they are ‘Never Alone.’

For the latest information on domestic violence, and also join the political campaign for change, log on to:

For the full story, visit the Guardian:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Lottery throws £50m lifeline to victims of domestic violence and sex exploitation

Vulnerable women who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual exploitation or suffer with mental health problems could be given additional support after a near £50 million lottery pledge.

The Big Lottery Fund will be helping to finance activities and assistance for women and girls.

One in four women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime and up to 3 million women and girls across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, stalking or other violence each year.

The Big Lottery Fund’s £48.5 million investment will largely be used to finance tried and tested work where there is evidence of success and effectiveness. It will also raise awareness, support preventative work and share what works and lessons learnt.

For the full story, visit the Mirror:


Freedom Shropshire Team

A New Domestic Abuse Crime – Coercive Control – But how will people stop it?

When home secretary Theresa May announced last December that coercive control was to become a criminal offence, amid the cheering from many quarters, there were some voices of concern.

“If police don’t always arrest when there is evidence of physical assault, how are officers – and juries – ever going to understand complex concepts like coercive control?” asked Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley. Controlling behaviour, she pointed out, can be subtle. “Extreme jealousy and possessiveness, for example, can be dressed up to look like care or concern. Providing evidence of such behaviours to satisfy criminal standards is likely to be extremely difficult.”

But it’s not just police and the courts who’ll be grappling with the new law. Social workers, healthcare staff, housing officers and schools need to develop their understanding that a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour is criminal behaviour.

So what is being put in place to help frontline professionals comprehend where thresholds for taking action lie, and what constitutes coercive control?

For more on this story, visit the Guardian:


Freedom Shropshire Team


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